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  • Surprisingly efficient for the price, great value!

    posted by logozo on 02/12/2013
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    Charges most (but not all) electronics that I have which can be charged through USB ports. It can charge battery packs. Internal electronics seem simple enough to be resilient overtime (no flimsy soldering or tiny wires). Comes with many adapters for cellphones and iDevices as well as standard mini/standard USB plugs.

    Cons:

    Said internal electronics can be easily accessible when one unzip the nylon pouch in which the solar cells are located. Maybe an advantage for DYI projects (since you can gut out the carrying case and only use the solar panels and the charging electronics in another casing). But this makes me wonder how rugged this will prove to be in a normal use context (say, camping or bike ride).

    OtherThoughts:

    Overall does what it's supposed to do, and the price is better than on retail stores here.

    Most useful to charge battery packs (which in turn can be used at anytime, even when there's no sun). In that regard, this SKU does NOT come with a battery pack (it's only the solar panel and 5V charging electronics). You must provide a battery pack (pick one of the excellent SKUs on DX that charges through USB).

    Bottomline:

    Had tested it thoroughly, but not used for prolonged use - curious to try it next summer on a planned camping trip!

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